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How to protect my source code?

Posted on 2006-11-03
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Last Modified: 2010-04-30

How to prevent others from seeing my source code during the developing of my project? Use VSS or what?

Thank you in advance.
Question by:learn
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Expert Comment

ID: 17871455
You can use VSS but that doesn't stop people from seeing the code on your machine as it keeps a local cache.
Who do you want to keep it from ?

Author Comment

ID: 17871721
Can I set a password so that nobody can read my code except the peoble who know the password?

Author Comment

ID: 17871743
We can do this for VBA code in Excel, why not in VB?
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Expert Comment

ID: 17871801
VSS just makes it readonly,

Author Comment

ID: 17871937
Can we delete the local cache and use the ones inside the database (if only one person developes the project)
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Expert Comment

ID: 17872707
You can set up permissions on if your running a NTFS partition. You can deny access to specific file types for example .BAS .VBP .FRM etc. or restrict running visual basic all together.

Control Panel / Administrative Tools / Local Security Settings / Software Restriction policy

Author Comment

ID: 17873178
Thank you. But that is no good to do that for all files in a specific file type.
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Expert Comment

ID: 17874301
1. Keep it on an unnetworked PC
2. Don't put it in a shared folder and make sure that you have adequate firewall, spyware and virus protection.
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aikimark earned 360 total points
ID: 17877299
work from a USB memory device.  If it is water proof, you can hang it around your neck 24 hours a day, even showering with it.  You can buy ones that automatically encrypt the contents and some even provide a biometric fingerprint scanner.
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Expert Comment

ID: 17878118
or you could work from a password-protected .ZIP file.
I personally would use the USB drive idea. If you have one that doesn't have password protecting software on it goto www.truecrypt.org

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